The Unfamiliar Croydon
The Croydon Heritage Walk is a self-guided audio walking tour taking you to the heritage sites and buildings that have shaped the present Croydon community.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area now known as Croydon was part of the land which the Wangal people lived.
The arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 and the start of modern Australia had, as one could expect, an influence on the people living in the area. After establishing the colony at Sydney Cove in early 1788, a second settlement was established at Rose Hill (now called Parramatta) later that same year to establish farms to feed the people. Within a year or so, a rough land route had been established between the two settlements, traversing through the territory of the Cadigal, Wangal and Burramattagal people. This rough track later became the main artery of the expanding Greater Sydney and, as the northern boundary of what is now Croydon, influenced modern settlement in the area.
In 1855, the Sydney-Parramatta railway was built through the area which led to a housing boom around the stations at Ashfield and Burwood. This in turn led to local governments forming in the two areas with the land divided roughly equidistant between the two centres. In 1874 a new station was built on the boundary of the two areas and was named Five Dock after another settlement to the north. Because Five Dock was actually a long way north some confusion ensued and Ashfield Council renamed the station in 1876 to Croydon after the suburb in London. The suburb remains divided between the two neighbouring councils to this day.
Croydon has a number of heritage-listed sites including the railway station, Shubra Hall, and more and this is a self-guided walking tour taking you to rediscover them.
At the end of the walking tour, you can optionally venture into a local favourite's pub and have a drink or two to reward yourself for completing it!
So now why don't you put on your shoes and let's have a history walk with the audio guide? Enjoy!
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